Building Bridges in Baltimore

ABC News' Pierre Thomas reports on an after-school program working to guide Baltimore's youth to college.
3:34 | 05/17/15

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Baltimore back in our Sunday spotlight this week with American pharaoh's preakness win, second jewel in the triple crown and another reminder that the city is not defined by its troubles. Our Pierre Thomas went to Baltimore this week to shine a light on a fascinating program that's helping students build their futures in the face of daunting challenges. Reporter: Growing up in inner-city Baltimore can be tough. Since the riots sparked by the controversial death of gray a month ago, 25 people killed, another 43 people shot. But no -- but make no mistake, in Baltimore, there is hope. Volunteers and parents working hand in hand making sure kids have a chance. These ten youngsters aren't going home, they're going to the educational and support program bridges, just outside the city limits. There, they'll have find tutors and most importantly people who listen and care. It helps you to be a better person. You learn new things every day. Reporter: But, if you want to understand what the program really means, meet Renee Johnson, who raised her kids as a single mom. A city child doesn't have a lot of options of stuff to do. It's either sit in the house or basically go outside and get in trouble. Bridges is a lifesaver. Reporter: For her daughter, a high school senior, the challenge of inner-city life sometimes is inescapable. You're in the middle of everything. Reporter: Since 2005, bridges has worked with nearly 200 students starting in third grade, it's a year-round effort, even in Summers, activities are tailored to student's individual needs. We do math, Reading, we do swimming. We go on field trips every week. Reporter: For the fourth and fifth graders we met on Wednesday, there were sports, Reading and help with homework. Our goal is to stick with these students until the end of high school. And make sure we deliver them and having some great opportunities for their future. Reporter: Most students make it. I'm going to college. Reporter: A class of 20 in elementary school typically retains 13 to 17 young people through the end of high school and last year with S.A.T. Prep, 11 of the 13 seniors in program went on to college. She's on that track this week. In fact, she's going to Williams college on a full scholarship and a dream, she wants to become a doctor having worked at a nearby hospital last year thanks to bridges. And her friend is also going to college and he has this piece of advice for younger kids in the program. Cherish each moment. Not everybody gets a chance like this. Take a few moments of it and how it will impact you in the future. Reporter: In Baltimore, hope bridging challenges. For "This week," Pierre Thomas, ABC news. That's all for us today. Thank you for sharing part of your Sunday with us. Check out "World news tonight" and I'll see you tomorrow on "Good morning America." Out "World news tonight"

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